NoMI Kitchen To Unveil Exclusive ‘Suitor For NoMI’ Stationery

Valentine’s Day at NoMI Kitchen:  Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Let romance and food collide.  In honor of the romantic holiday, NoMI Kitchen is partnering with local, high-end stationery line, Suitor, to create limited-edition ‘Suitor for NoMI’ cards that will debut during your Valentine’s Day dinner at NoMI Kitchen on February 14.

The launch of ‘Suitor for NoMI’ includes three elegantly witty cards with sayings: Never Kiss and Chanterelle, Romeo & Julienned, and May Your Bouche Always Be Amused.  Guests’ booking a reservation at NoMI Kitchen will receive an email following their booking with instructions on how to customize their card and write a special note to their valentine.   At the conclusion of dinner, a handwritten version of the message will be delivered with a specially prepared dessert by Pastry Chef Meg Galus.  With love notes circulating the dining room and views of an illuminating Water Tower Square and The Magnificent Mile, the ambience at NoMI Kitchen will surely receive your significant other’s stamp of approval.

NoMI Kitchen’s Sweet ‘tart’: Meg Galus

Follow Chef Meg’s recipe and tutorial as she shows Dina Blair on WGN News how to bake a Boston Cream Tart, a special dessert from Park Hyatt Chicago’s Masters of Food & Wine dinner.

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Boston Cream Tart
Yield: 8 4-in tarts

Tart Shell

Ingredients:
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
pinch salt
4 Tbs powdered sugar
1 whole egg

Directions:
Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. Cream the butter with the salt and vanilla paste in a stand mixer with paddle attachment. Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together, and slowly incorporate into the butter, until 2/3 of the way combined. Add the eggs and paddle until 2/3 combined. Add the sifted flour and paddle until just combined. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight. The next day, roll to 1/8″ Peel off and cut a circle with diameter of about 1 1/2″ larger than the ring. Line tart ring, use a fork to prick the bottom and chill. Bake at 275F until golden.

Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups cream
4 1/2 cups chopped high-quality bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup light corn syrup

Directions:
Bring the cream and corn syrup to a boil. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 50% power. Slowly drizzle the hot cream into the chocolate, stirring slowly. Fill each tart shell 1/4 of the way. Cover the remaining ganache with plastic wrap and store in the cooler.

Pastry Cream

Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk
5/8 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 stick butter

Directions:
Bring the milk and vanilla bean to a boil. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch. Pour a little of the hot milk into the eggs, whisking quickly. Pour the rest of the hot milk in and whisk to combine. Strain, return to heat and continue to whisk over medium heat until boiling. Continue cooking for about 3 minutes, until smooth and shiny. Transfer to a mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Chill until completely cool. To use, stir well with rubber spatula. Spoon into tart shells, filling to the top.

To assemble:
Top the vanilla pastry cream with the remaining chocolate ganache. Shave a chocolate bar over the top with a vegetable peeler. Sprinkle with powdered sugar

A note from Chef Ryan…

As with many events we have done in the past, the moment just after we send out the last plate is borderline euphoric.  It’s a time for the staff to shake hands and reflect back on what just occurred.  The James Beard House dinner held an extra special spot in our heart when it was complete.  Together with a lot of hard work and a roller-coaster of emotion, the team created and executed a truly amazing event.  The glass of Champagne at the end was a bit more bubbly after this one.   

RL

Photography by Tom Kirkman 

Join NoMI Spa’s ‘Paint Me Pretty’ Club

Set aside some No“MI” time each week to pamper your nails, unwind, and catch-up on your favorite television series.  Starting January 16, NoMI Spa’s new ‘Paint Me Pretty’ Club gives members the luxury of enjoying a weekly standing custom manicure or manicure and pedicure combination.  Club Members simply show up, select their Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer of the week, then relax and enjoy an episode of Pan Am, Modern Family, or Gossip Girl on one of our iPads, all in the comfort and intimacy of NoMI Spa.  As a sweet finish to your service, you will receive a duo of brightly hued macarons specially prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Meg Galus.